2019 Women's Philanthropy Summit Schedule

Women sitting and smiling at the camera at the women's philanthropy summit

The Summit schedule from October 23, 2019.

8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast Buffet

9:30 a.m.

Welcome Addresses

  • Martha K. Hirst, Emcee; Senior Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer, Fordham University
  • Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President, Fordham University
9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote Presentation and Discussion

From the Bronx to Buckingham Palace

Breakout Sessions

A View From the Top: Reflections on Success and Coaching the Next Generation of Women Leaders (Morning Session)

  • Moderator: Debra Toppeta, PAR, Publisher, Woman Around Town
  • Marcella Barry, FCRH ’92, GSE ’96, Chief Human Resources Officer, Design Within Reach, Herman Miller Retail
  • Julie Gebauer, PAR, Head of Human Capital and Benefits, Willis Towers Watson
  • Ellen M. Hancock, GSAS ’67, President, Jazz Technologies (Retired)
  • Camelia Lawrence, M.D., FCRH ’00, Director of Breast Surgery, Central Region, Hartford HealthCare
  • Stacie Yates, GSAS ’96, Senior Director, Head of Investment Product, Artivest

Workshop: Guide Your Career (Not the Other Way Around)

  • Donna Morris, PAR, Chief Human Resources Officer & Executive Vice President, Employee Experience, Adobe Systems Incorporated
  • Annette McLaughlin, Director, Office of Career Services, Fordham University

The Life Cycle of Philanthropy: Planning and Gifting Vehicles for Charitable Giving

  • Moderator: Catherine Blaney, FCLC ’86, CEO, CBlaney Group; Head of Partnership Development, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Jackie Comesañas, FCLC ’83, Senior Director of Gift Planning, Fordham University
  • Kathleen Entwistle, GABELLI ’92, Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor, and Senior Portfolio Manager, UBS
  • Christie Houlihan, LAW ’11, Senior Director and Counsel, Houlihan-Parnes Realtors LLC
  • Marie Treanor, PAR, Director of Legacy Family Engagement, The George Washington University
12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Honoring Fordham’s Pioneering Women of Philanthropy

  • , CBE, TMC ’71, CEO, Burberry (Retired)
  • Barbara Dane, Ph.D., GSS ’67, ’85, Professor Emeritus, Clinical Social Work in Palliative and End of Life Care, NYU
  • Carolyn Dursi Cunniffe, Ph.D., UGE ’62, GSAS ’65, ’71, Senior Vice President, Cablevision Systems Corporation (Retired)
  • Valerie Rainford, FCRH ’86, Head of Advancing Black Leaders and Diversity Advancement Strategies, JPMorgan Chase
  • Susan Conley Salice, FCRH ’82, Philanthropist
  • Donna Smolens, FCRH ’79, GSAS ’81, Senior Advisor, Insight Partners
2 p.m.


2:10 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

(Afternoon Session)

  • Moderator: Lesley Massiah-Arthur, GSAS ’12, ’13, Associate Vice President and Special Assistant to the President for Government Relations, Fordham University
  • Mary Ann Bartels, GABELLI ’85, GSAS ’92, Head of Research Investment Committee and Head of Exchange Traded Fund Strategy for Global Research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Christine Walsh, M.D., TMC ’69, Co-Director of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for CardioGenetics
  • Kathleen Walsh-Spoonhower, M.D., Pediatric Cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Stony Brook Children's Hospital  
  • Valerie White, FCRH ’83, LAW ’96, Executive Vice President, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development, Empire State Development Corporation
  • Elizabeth Zeigler, GSE ’00, PAR, President, Graham-Pelton Consulting


  • Toby Tetenbaum, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy, Fordham University

Values-Based Leadership: How Jesuit Education Enriches Leadership Styles

  • Moderator: Joan Cavanagh, Ph.D., Director of Campus Ministry for Spiritual and Pastoral Ministries, Fordham University
  • Debbie Santalesa, GABELLI ’91, Lead, Emergency Preparedness and Planning, CARE International
  • Eleanor W. Sauers, GRE ’02, ’07, Parish Life Coordinator, St. Anthony of Padua Parish; Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University
  • Susan Stone, PAR, Spiritual Director and Volunteer
3:20 p.m.


3:50 p.m.

Student Scholarship Speaker

4 p.m.

Closing Keynote Discussion

Paying It Forward: A Journey of Resilience and Giving Back

  • , FCRH ’86, Head of Advancing Black Leaders and Diversity Advancement Strategies, JPMorgan Chase
  • Moderator: Sara Kugel, FCRH ’11, Producer, CBS Sunday Morning
5 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception